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Doctors in Iceland Accept New Wage Contract

The vast majority of the members of the Icelandic Medical Association, 90 percent, voted in favor of the new wage contract with the state in an online vote which concluded at midnight on Friday. The contract has been published on the association’s website.


Surgeons in Iceland Sign New Wage Contract

Representatives of the Association of Surgeons in Iceland and the Icelandic state signed a wage agreement at around 00:30 am last night after 14 hours of consecutive talks. Further strikes planned by surgeons, who have been striking on and off since November 4, have been called off.


Doctors Resume Strike, Negotiations Paused

Doctors in Iceland have launched a new series of strikes, starting at midnight. They will not resume work until after four days. The latest meeting between the delegations of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state ended at 3 am last night.


Cardiac Surgeon Iceland’s Person of the Year

Cardiac surgeon Tómas Guðbjartsson, a professor and senior physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, was voted Person of the Year by listeners of Rás 2 radio station on Wednesday. Tómas and his team recently saved a man who had been stabbed in the heart.


Doctors’ Wage Dispute Still Unresolved

A meeting between the delegations of doctors and the Icelandic state ended at 7:30 pm yesterday without a solution to the ongoing wage dispute. A new meeting was scheduled this morning. If the dispute remains unresolved, doctors will strike again in one week.

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Proposal to Move State Companies out of Capital

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson called the government to a meeting last Friday afternoon on short notice to discuss a proposal from Norðvesturnefndin (The Northwest Committee) about creating jobs in Northwest Iceland.


Surgeons and Physiatrists in Iceland on Strike

A 48-hour strike among surgeons and psychiatrists at Landspítali National University Hospital began at midnight. At the same time doctors at other hospital wards concluded their 48-hour strike. No progress has been made in negotiations between doctors and the state.

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TV Station Boss Asks Sales Reps to Show Cleavage

Female salespersons at the new television station iSTV walked out when the chairman of the board, Þorsteinn Steingrímsson, asked them to wear low-cut shirts, push-up bras, mini skirts and high heels when meeting with possible advertisers.


Talks between Doctors and State Going Nowhere

After 42 meetings in the five months since the wage dispute between doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association and Surgeon’s Association and representatives of the Icelandic health authorities was referred to the State Negotiator, talks are going nowhere.

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Doctors in Iceland on Strike Again

Doctors working at healthcare centers in Reykjavík and surrounding communities, at healthcare institutions outside the capital area and at Landspítali National University Hospital’s research, women’s and children’s wards started striking at midnight and will not resume work until midnight...

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ER Busy as Iceland’s Doctors Strike Again

Patients at the emergency room of Landspítali National University Hospital had to wait to be treated longer than usual last night because some of the doctors working there were on strike. Doctors working at the hospital’s intensive care unit, operating room, anesthetic and gerontology wards...


Southwest Iceland Community Heavily Indebted

Reykjanesbær municipality in Southwest Iceland, including Keflavík, is in debt by more than ISK 40 billion (USD 327 million, EUR 260 million), as revealed when a report by KPMG on the community’s finances was presented at a public meeting yesterday evening.